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TOM  OF  FINLAND  FOUNDATION
presents the:
5th Annual New York City
EROTIC ART FAIR
WEEKEND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Dan Berkowitz 323.654.4552
DanBerkowitz@TomOfFinlandFoundation.org


FIFTH ANNUAL NEW YORK EROTIC ART FAIR IN MAY

The Tom of Finland Foundation Fifth Annual New York Erotic Art Fair will be held Friday through Sunday, May 20, 21, and 22, 2005, at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center, 208 West 13th Street in Manhattan. Official Sponsors include The Consulate General of Finland in New York, HX Magazine, and The Center.

An Artists Reception on Friday evening from 8:00 to 11:00 PM will mark the official start of the Fair, which will also be open to the public on Saturday from noon to 6:00 PM, and on Sunday from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM. On Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM, to celebrate the Foundation's 20th Anniversary, there will be a panel discussion on Tom of Finland's impact on culture; the moderator will be Robert Woodworth of the Center, and panelists will include Nayland Blake (Chair, International Center of Photography - Bard College Masters Program in Advanced Photographic Studies); Durk Dehner (co-founder and director, Tom of Finland Foundation); David Humphrey (sculptor, painter, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow); Michael Kirwan (artist, illustrator, inductee Erotic Artist Hall of Fame); and Thomas Woodruff (Chair, Illustration and Cartooning Department, School of Visual Arts).

More than 40 artists from the United States and Europe displayed and sold their work at the 2004 Fair, and this year's Fair will be slightly larger. Among the Tom of Finland work to be displayed will be a rough sketch from 1987, never before seen in public, which has been designated by the Foundation as the "Image of the Year." This work is the centerpiece of all Foundation publicity in 2005, as well as the subject of an online auction to benefit the Foundation. Also on display will be an original work by Michael Kirwan, commissioned by the Foundation, to commemorate the Fair.

In addition to the events at the Center, there will be a Closing Party at SplashNY on Sunday, which will benefit the Foundation.

During the Friday reception at The Center, Foundation Director Durk Dehner - who co-created the Foundation in 1984 with Tom of Finland - will present a work of art to the Center for its collection. He will also unveil an exhibit highlighting some of the many artists whose careers the Foundation has boosted in its twenty years. The Foundation's mission is to preserve, protect, and promote erotic art.

The Foundation has produced Erotic Art Fairs in Los Angeles since 1995, and held the first Fair in New York in 2001. The Fairs provide an opportunity for artists from around the world to display and sell their work, no matter the gender, sexual orientation, or medium of expression.

More information about the Fair and the Foundation may be found online at the Foundation's website at www.TomOfFinlandFoundation.org, or may be obtained by calling the office at 213.250.1685.


A recap of the weekend's events:
FRIDAY, MAY 20
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM Opening Reception, Art Sales Commence
The Center, 208 West 13th Street
Admission $10.00/ $15.00 to purchase weekend pass to Fair
SATURDAY, MAY 21  
12:00 PM 6:00 PM

Erotic Art Fair open to the public
The Center, 208 West 13th Street
Admission $10.00, good for Saturday and Sunday
Foundation & Center Members Admission $8.00

SUNDAY, MAY 22  
2:00 PM 7:00 PM 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Erotic Art Fair open to the public
The Center, 208 West 13th Street
Admission $10.00/ Foundation & Center Members $8.00
3:00 PM Panel Discussion: "Tom of Finland and Gay Culture"
Moderator: Robert Woodworth. Panelists: Nayland Blake, Durk Dehner, David Humphrey, Michael Kirwan, and Thomas Woodruff
Admission included with Fair admission
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Closing Party at SplashNY
50 West 17th Street
Admission benefits the Tom of Finland Foundation

Images on this page are provided in high resolution RGB (if color) JPG form for easy downloading. These may be be converted to CMYK TIF files for print with any modern graphics program.

Two versions are provided: one for press images and one for website usage.

Tom of Finland Foundation Image of the Year 2005

More information on this image.

Website Version 41k

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11" x 7.57" 300 DPI

Michael Kirwan
"Someday on the Subway" 2005

Artist Hall of Fame Inductee Michael Kirwan created this original artwork for the Weekend. He will be on-hand to sign limited edition posters at the Fair.

Website Version 107k

Press Version 1,748k
7" x 5.8" 300 DPI

Tom of Finland
untitled, 1988

Limited edition giclée of one of Tom’s most important pieces.

Website Version 38k

Press Version 844k
7" x 5" 300 DPI

Tom of Finland
untitled, 1982
Pastel on paper, 13.75" x 11.5"

Website Version 73k

Print Version 2,752k
4" x 5" 300 DPI

Images of artists planning to attend this year's Fair include:

Robert Richards
“Bound”, 2004
Gouache on paper, 17" x 14"

Website Version 27k

Print Version 272k
4" x 3.1" 300 DPI

Michael Broderick
“Work (One) Out”, 2001
Graphite on paper, 12" x 9"

Website Version 52k

Print Version 457k
3.9" x 2.8" 300 DPI

JD Dragan
“Endangered Eagle”, 2003
Silver gelatin print, edition of 20, 16" x 20", 11" x 14"

Website Version 31k

Print Version 209k
4" x 5.1" 300 DPI

Pet Silvia
“Valentine”, 2002
Digital C print in shadowbox wooden frame, edition 1/2, 10" x 8"

Website Version 69k

Print Version 1,178k
4" x 3.5" 300 DPI

 

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